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...inspired by 'Especially When The October Wind' by Dylan Thomas October blows a symphony of sighs with blustry gusts that presage winter's bleak arrival as I shuffle through the park, kaleidoscope of leaves a welcome prize. Swings unswung on, roundabouts without the rush of children stutter to a halt. October blood suffuses to the hilt my heavy heart, and calms a soul in doubt. Images, bright images that have no need of language, the pictures tell the tale, a gang of schoolboys, picnic-packed, hale and hearty, hoping for a hint of snow, their teacher, raven-black, with no command. Oaks stand guard, ramrod-straight like sentries, rhododendrons, strong and sprawling bushes, a place to smoke illicit contraband! The dial at sunlight's pleasure points to time, the weather vane makes plain the wind's direction, no need of clock or any vain contraption to guage the day, its reason or its rhyme. The stillness of the morning and the day-glow, and meadow grasses blessing me with softness, the rippled waters thrilling me with sweetness, what other measures do I need to know? October blows a symphony of sighs, of spells and incantations for the wise, who, weather-worn and beaten, seek the skies or haunt the woodlands for a siren's eyes; for nature is the most compelling teacher, companion to my father and my mother, she cavils, then is kind, just like a brother, and binds our earthly tapestry together.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2012

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Date: 5/7/2012 1:04:00 PM
So glad you suggested this Keith, wonderful choice of words to weave this beauty into being. A treasure to fave for me! :)
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Date: 4/30/2012 1:46:00 PM
This is a completed written poem, you can be proud of Keith! Well written dear poet. - oxox Anne-Lise
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Date: 4/30/2012 1:40:00 PM
Loved your choice of words. Overall, this was a great piece to me. I love the beginning line and just everything else that follows so nicely. Always, Laura
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Date: 4/30/2012 8:49:00 AM
A beautifully written piece...certainly deserving of many accolades! Dylan would have been proud to have served as a model. I hope to read many more of your poems.
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Date: 4/29/2012 2:17:00 PM
Enjoyed reading your work this afternoon..Dylan Thomas was the one who wrote Don't Go Softly Into The Night" if I remember correctly..Sara
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Date: 4/30/2012 4:00:00 PM
He sure did!